In each consulting room there is a computer and a printer. Any information held on the computer is confidential between yourself and the practice. It ensures clinics can run smoothly and give as much information to the clinician as they require from your past medical history.
We, as a practice, are strictly bound by the rules of confidentiality and privacy as set out in the Data Protection Act of 1998. This means that we are unable to give out any information about a patient without his/her documented permission.
You have the right to view your medical records or have a copy of them – there is usually a fee for this service. Please apply in writing to either Joan Hanson (Practice Manager) or Jonathan Whitford-Bartle (Practice Director).
Freedom of Information
The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt.
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NHS use of patient information:
Patient Information NHS use of patient information
Patient FAQ NHS use of patient information
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or download the opt out form below, complete it and return it to the practice
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.
How information about you helps us to provide better care
Care Data - Frequently Asked Questions
Opt Out Form - Download, complete and return to the practice
You can find out more on the NHS England Care Data website